Music in Worship
Music has always been central to worship. The beauty and emotion that music brings to our personal experience of God are key to the worship experience. We come together and sing, joining our voices and breath together in one large body. Singing together is an outward and visible sign of how we strive to unite as a family. Hymn singing is the bedrock of our music program. Everyone in the congregation is invited to participate as fully as possible as we sing our unity and praise.
Many members of our congregation want to spend a little more time seeking community through music making. We offer choirs and instrumental ensembles for all ages and a variety of interests. Contact the Director of Music for more information. Click HERE for calendar of rehearsals and contact information for our music ministries staff.
Children in grades K through 5 rehearse most Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. during the school year. The Children’s Choir sings in worship once or twice a month. Email updates are sent to parents to keep them fully informed of schedule details.
Middle and High school singers come together for special services throughout the year, including services for Advent, Christmas, Youth Sunday and Easter. This Choir provides an opportunity for service to the church and a greater understanding of the impact of music in worship. Periodic rehearsals are at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
The Sanctuary Choir sings during the Sunday 10 a.m. worship service. The Choir meets Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. – and at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings – for rehearsal to prepare for worship and to enjoy fellowship. Rehearsals are open so if you love to sing, consider joining us!
During the summer months when the Sanctuary Choir does not rehearse, individual musicians and small groups of musicians work with our Director of Music to plan music for Sunday worship services.
The Austin Chimers is named to remember Warren Austin, longtime member of First Church, who served as the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Together with experienced leadership, members work with each other to play music that inspires the congregation through the beautiful sound of handbells. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. New comers are always welcome!